These Transmissions came out of Bad Penny Blues, a book inspired by three true stories. The initial seeds of the novel were planted while reading Jack of Jumps by the late David Seabrook, a true crime account of the unsolved Jack The Stripper murders of prostitutes that happened in West London between 1959-65. Like his Whitechapel forefather, this Jack created the biggest manhunt in Metropolitan police history, yet was never apprehended. His reign ended suddenly in 1965, without explanation, and since then, these crimes seem to have faded from public memory.
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The Captain Swing Quartet was originally intended as one of four Prologues for each of the quarters of Weirdo, that explained a little of The Captain’s story in this part of Norfolk, including the trial and subsequent execution of Richard Nockolds, whose crime had been to try and teach the weavers of St Augustine's in Norwich how to read. It morphed into a collaboration between myself and the composer and musician Paul A Murphy, who vividly brought alive a haunted landscape with an eerie musical score fashioned by his Orchaostra, featuring Michael Meekin on acoustic Flying V and the stunning vocal talents of Rosie Howell.
The story spun out of research for Bad Penny Blues, in particular the life and times of Joe Meek and the Number One hit single Johnny Remember Me that he created for television star John Leyton. A song that is so evocative of ghosts and curses that it lent itself perfectly to the creation of a little urban myth.
With fabulosa original sleeve art by the legendary Sav X, Johnny Remember Me is a limited edition release of 250, priced at £3.50 plus £2 P&P. Buy the cassette HERE
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Cathi was a guest on BBC Radio 4's obituary show 'Last Word' on 19/09/08 where along with crime historian James Norton she discussed the amazing life of Harry 'Tanky' Challenor, a key figure in the Metropolitan Police force in the 1960's. The host is Matthew Bannister.
Use the player below to listen to this broadcast. Duration 5.47